Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter- 31 December 2020

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape

Reliable reportage and insightful commentary on the Middle East by seasoned journalists from the region and beyond


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A Shot in the Arm

A world knocked off its axis, vaccines arrive to set it straight

By David E. Kaplan

Thumbs Up. A jubilant Sidney and Irit Kaplan after receiving the vaccine at a clinic in  the Lower Galilee.

Almost 800,000 Israelis so far have been inoculated against the virus crossing the milestone in some 10 days after the start of the campaign. With figures showing the Jewish state leading the world in the immunization rate by a large margin, the writer taps into the joyful experiences of ordinary people across Israel receiving the Covid vaccinations.

A Shot in the Arm

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Disproportionate Stupidity?

The International Committee of the Red Cross Ignores Murder and Rockets to Focus on “Fauda“

By Rolene Marks

Fed-up with Fauda. The Red Cross on Twitter ignores real terror for fiction on television’s “Fauda”.  

“Fauda” is an internationally acclaimed Israeli television series. But that is all it is – a popular TV drama! So why does the International Red Cross choose FACTS over FICTION by failing to condemn ‘actual terrorism’ instead accusing ‘fictional Fauda’ for its “violations of International Human Rights law”?

Disproportionate Stupidity?

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Caveman vs Covid-man

By Justine Friedman

Early to Bed, Happy to Rise. Research shows people who retire to bed early arise in better moods.

Separated by millennia, Covid-man shares many of the core concerns with ancient caveman but equipped  with modern day knowledge, the writer offers tips of how in times of uncertainty, we can regain some small measures of control back in our daily lives?

Caveman vs Covid-man

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